Stop tinkering with the system

Posted by | August 6, 2018 7:51 am

By Steve Qualls – Christpoint Church

It’s August, and a few things that come to mind when we think of this month are steamy days – school starting back, garden harvesting, county fairs, and well, surprise Lilies. For the men and maybe most of the women who are reading this, you may be wondering what a surprise Lily is. Actually, I had to stop by a stranger’s house myself to inquire about them and ask about the name. They have a stem that shoots out of the ground about 24 inches, with a cluster of blooms at the top. They grow in groups and can be seen along … Read More


Some of the reasons America loves Donald John Trump

Posted by | August 6, 2018 7:49 am

The Right Stuff- By Donald Holman

The American people (many of them) have fallen in love with a guy named Donald Trump. There are lots of folks that want to tell us why to hate him, but perhaps there is more to learn in analyzing the other side of the coin. Let’s do so!

I would put right at the top of the list the fact that Donald Trump loves America. Seems a strange thing to admire in a politician yet… The “modern” American liberal dialogue tries to say that love of country equals “nationalism,” which they would caution leads people to elect Hitler types because they are … Read More


Where’s the logic of claiming massive voter fraud?

Posted by | August 6, 2018 7:48 am

Democratic Dialog – By Debra Wines

Last week, at another campaign rally, Donald Trump again complained about voter fraud and the need to prevent non-Americans from voting. He called for every state to have stricter voter ID laws. As of the end of June of this year, 34 states either have or are beginning to enforce voter identification requirements. Tennessee is one of the states that has strict voter identification requirements that require a voter to have an approved photo ID.

Shortly after taking office, Donald Trump stated several times that he could not believe he won the election, but he could not understand how Hillary Clinton received … Read More


Scammers are using technology as platform to swindle area residents

Posted by | August 6, 2018 7:45 am

As technology is increasingly prevalent in daily lives, scammers are using these new tools to reinvent their schemes and swindle unsuspecting consumers.

To help raise consumer awareness, the Tennessee Department of Commerce and Insurance’s Division of Consumer Affairs is reminding residents to be on the lookout for con artists using technology as their platform to perpetrate scams.

A recent report from the U.S. Federal Trade Commission sheds light on the growing problem of scams in Tennessee. Tennessee has the 10th highest rate per capita for reports of fraud with losses totaling over $13.7 million last year for Tennessee consumers.

“While technological advances have made life easier, consumers must … Read More


Two lawsuits filed against judge and sheriff about birth control for inmates have been dismissed

Posted by | August 6, 2018 7:43 am

Two former inmates at the White County Jail were unsuccessful in lawsuits they filed about a standing order issued more than a year ago that allowed inmates to receive contraception services for a reduced jail sentence.

On May 15, 2017, Judge Sam Benningfield issued the order that stated, “Any White County inmate serving a sentence for the General Sessions Court who satisfactorily completes the State… Department of Health Neonatal Syndrome Education Program be given two days credit toward… jail sentence.”

The order also stated that inmates who received contraception services would be granted an additional 30 days credit toward completion of their jail sentences. Female inmates could receive … Read More


Construction on roads is causing sporadic delays in traffic flow

Posted by | August 6, 2018 7:41 am

Increased road construction and delays in movement of traffic can cause drivers to become frustrated. Sparta Police Chief Jeff Guth said drivers should be prepared to move over and observe safety procedures. (Photo by RIMA AUSTIN)

Road construction along Bockman Way has steadily increased the past couple of weeks and is causing numerous delays and frustration for drivers who complain about the possible damages that may occur to their vehicles.

With increased road construction comes increased need for safety. While there has only been one crash because of the construction, there have reportedly been many close calls.

The construction on Bockman Way will most likely last into September. City officials suggest that people use common sense when driving through the zones. This means staying off cell phones, slowing down, and being extra aware of surroundings.

“The bottom line is, people are going to have … Read More



Gabriel Jared “Gabe” McCurry

Posted by | August 4, 2018 4:28 pm

Gabriel Jared “Gabe” McCurry, 30, of Sparta, passed away Aug. 2, 2018, at Cookeville Regional Medical Center.

Mr. McCurry was born Dec. 7, 1987, in Crossville, to Angel Lita Margeson McCurry and Charles Waymon “Charlie” McCurry.

He was an avid fisherman, and he was a former employee of Norcom.

Mr. McCurry was preceded in death by his father.

Survivors include his mother, Angel McCurry; brothers and their spouses, Gideon and Jessie McCurry, Nathan and Abby McCurry, Jericho and Sheyenne McCurry, Israel and Trisha McCurry; and nieces and nephews, Haley, Gracie, Jadeah, Skyler, Kyler, Tyler, Jericho, and Charlie.

A private funeral service was 2 p.m., Aug. 4, 2018, at … Read More



Huge yard to benefit Pacesetters

Posted by | August 4, 2018 8:13 am

Check out the huge yard sale today, at 272 N Spring St., sponsored by Knights of Columbus, of St. Andrew Church. All proceeds benefit Pacesetters, whose mission is to empower and support people with disabilities and their families to lead enriched and fulfilled lives.



Help give me a name

Posted by | August 3, 2018 12:33 pm

By Hansel Moore

This handsome fella needs a name.   Dale Hankins, owner of Fall Creek Falls Riding Stables, is asking for help in providing an identity for the youngest member of the FCF equine team.

He is approaching 2 years old and is primarily black, with a blue sheen and a white sliver on the forehead. All entries must be provided by Aug 10. The winner of the contest will be awarded two passes to enjoy at the riding stables. If a name is duplicated, the person with the earliest submission will be considered.

Send name idea(s) through Facebook or by email – comehorsearoundwithus@gmail.com

If anyone is looking … Read More


Penny’s General Store & Antiques

Posted by | August 3, 2018 12:29 pm

Brian Roman puts the final touches on a special project for a customer. His works of art are on sale at Penny’s General Store & Antiques, in Pikeville.

By Hansel Moore

“My husband and I were pickers, before picking was cool,” explained Penny Roman, proprietor of Penny’s General Store and Antiques.

Her reference was to the term “picker” made famous by the television show American Pickers, on the History Channel. Much like Mike and Frank of the show, the Romans have a passion in their DNA to preserve history and have a special eye for certain items.

“We have been collecting for over 30 years,” said Penny Roman. … Read More


Cedar Grove Fire Department planning another Haunted Trail

Posted by | August 3, 2018 8:45 am

By Hansel Moore

Do you like scaring the bejeebers out of people? How is your growl? Got a strong stomach? Then Join the Cedar Grove Fire Department in turning the woods into a place of memories – actually nightmares. This is the fifth season that the department has hosted the haunted trail.

“It started off kind of small, but has taken off and gotten pretty big,” explained Fire Chief Kevin Bivins. “We see a few thousand people during the month of October.”

Haunting season may seem far away, but to provide quality nights of fright, the planning, design, and building of the trail begins much in advance. This … Read More


Van Buren Mountain Homecoming committee says thanks

Posted by | August 3, 2018 8:39 am

Pictured is the 2018 Mountain Homecoming Committee, which includes Lesa Bouldin, Penny Baker, Katina Simmons, Karla Yates, Drew Campbell

By Hansel Moore

An event like Mountain Homecoming has many moving parts and takes the coordination of a sports coach, orchestra   conductor, traffic cop and therapist – all at the same time. The “A” team that pulled the day together was headed by Lesa Bouldin who declared throughout the week, “It’s all good…it’s all under control.”

Most people don’t comprehend the amount of time, energy, patience, and creativity a musical event requires. It is only with the support and help from the community that the Homecoming is such a success.

Bouldin said, “I want to thank Van Buren County Commission, City of Spencer Aldermen, Citizens Tri-County Bank, Robinson’s … Read More


Van Buren County mayor provides updates on progress

Posted by | August 3, 2018 8:30 am

By Hansel Moore

There are a number of things happening in Van Buren County, and the following are some highlights from Van Buren County Mayor Greg Wilson:

Farmer’s Market

“People have been using the market for the past three weeks or so, and every week it keeps growing in the number of vendors,” said Wilson. “We were able to get a pretty diverse group of items this past week including items from the Mennonite community.”

A date for the grand opening day has not been officially scheduled but will be in the next few weeks.

Musical Park area

The area located next to Burritt College has been under … Read More


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